This is not a regular love story. This is not your regular slice of life film either. Neither is this your regular masala Bollywood film. Nor is it the senseless comedies are dished out in the name of entertainment.
If all the above answers are a NO, then why should one watch this film you ask? Because Director Homi Adajania wants to present a story. A story about celebrating life and understanding the various aspects of love.
As you know, the story revolves around Ferdie (Naseer) the postman, who realises his profession of love via a letter, didn’t reach the person 46 years ago. So his best friend Angie (Deepika), the virgin widow, sets about the task of Ferdie finding his true love. She sets about the task by getting the car from Dom Pedro (Pankaj Kapur). To lure Pedro, she uses Rosie (Dimple Kapadia), another widow and the object of Pedro’s lust to join them along. Leave alone the fact that Rosie is Angie’s mother in law. Now to get the final cog in the wheel, the services of Savio (Arjun Kapoor) are engaged, since he is the only one who knows how to drive a car, and also that he is in love with Angie, another Ferdie in the making.
So as you see, every character has its own quirky twist. That is the Homi touch, just like he showed in Being Cyrus. Cocktail I would love to avoid.
The reason for spending your time seeing this 93 minute flick is simple. Soak in the beauty of Anil Mehta’s cinematography, which makes Goa so rustic and beautiful. Besides you are in for a treat by some fantastic performances.
Dimple as the sexually charged Rosie is very good. Inspite of being put in very ‘odd’ situations, due to her derriere and at times, her cat. Her chiding of Arjun after being used by Pedro, shows yet again her versatility.
Arjun Kapoor has delivered one of his best performances in his 2 year run. Savio is disturbed, angry and yet vulnerable.
Deepika looks effortlessly gorgeous in every frame that she has. She seems much more at ease and playing Fanny reminds you that she has developed the knack of slipping into her character seamlessly. Be it Leela, Venamma or Scholar Naina. Likewise, she is Angie here, the virgin, who definitely knows the benchmarks of male performances. The only thing which drags are her long voice overs. Which at times feel unnecessary.
Naseer yet again shows the class of the actor, playing the timid, sloppy, Ferdie. He does remind you of Bean at times, maybe the Goan version. At times your heart yearns for him, at times.
But the film belongs to the master, Pankaj Kapur. As the lecherous, painter, who is a ‘has-been’ but ‘never was’, Dom Pedro uses the most craziest of one liners and quotes them with such eloquence that one forgets his true nature or intentions. Be it ‘the second coming’ with the priest or the ‘this is art’ with Rosie. You have to give it to this man.
Homi has done a good job in the film, barring a few things here and there, especially the end that feels too comfortable, if you know what I mean. The music is in sync with the film hence soothing. The entire journey of these 5 oddballs is what makes the film worth it, since the end might disappoint. Reiterating the fact that the journey is more important than the destination.
Kudos to Dinesh Vijan and Fox Studios for making and promoting such cinema, a very brave effort. This is what makes a weekend watch, worth it.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
Rating : 4/5